Jon Henley Guardian Masterclass
George Nixon's Live tweeting of a masterclass by Guardian feature writer Jon Henley on feature writing and digital storytelling
- Hey guys, because I'm a nerd I spent my birthday up at the Guardian's offices in St Pancras, attending a masterclass/seminar/lecture by senior feature writer Jon Henley on digital storytelling and feature writing. In it he talked about the way in which the internet has completely changed the way in which we do journalism, and interact with "the people formerly known as the audience". He then talked about feature writing in general, the do's and don't's, and how he himself goes about writing one. His writing is magnificent so I'd suggest checking it out in your spare time, but for second years for your features, and online projects, and also for first years looking ahead to their second year, this might be really useful for you guys. So here's my live tweeting of it. Everything in quotation marks is from the man's mouth.
- — CentreforJournalism (@CfJKent)Tue, Feb 28 2017 20:00:32Follow Our BA student @George_Nixon97 to get insight into digital storytelling https://twitter.com/george_nixon97/status/836662619692019712 …
- — George Nixon (@George_Nixon97)Tue, Feb 28 2017 18:49:59"Printed journalism was the first (and final) draft of history" - Guardian senior feature writer John Henley (and of course @TCHL)
- — George Nixon (@George_Nixon97)Tue, Feb 28 2017 20:04:25"My advice for any long-form piece comes from a book called The Perfect Storm - human stories interspersed with context"
- — George Nixon (@George_Nixon97)Tue, Feb 28 2017 20:25:35For the second half we're shifting to more traditional feature writing, tech geeks (@lauragrb) please change here
- If you're not interested in writing features (although if not, why not?) then you can stop here and log off.
- — George Nixon (@George_Nixon97)Tue, Feb 28 2017 20:41:35"The truly great stories are the ones that combine information and colour. Objective facts with observed real world detail."
- — George Nixon (@George_Nixon97)Tue, Feb 28 2017 21:13:01"When you're writing a feature, the middle is always the hardest part to do. The best thing to do is layer it, to think in chapters."
- — George Nixon (@George_Nixon97)Tue, Feb 28 2017 21:22:52"The second most important part of any feature is the ending. I'm a big fan of the circular ending, of bringing it back to the start."
- — George Nixon (@George_Nixon97)Tue, Feb 28 2017 21:27:01And, fittingly, to end: "Stories aren't just about ideas, they're about hard reporting. They're about people. Head and heart stuff."
- So that's that. I loved it and found it so interesting. If anyone's interested in any more detail please feel free to drop me a line or come and find me. Thanks guys.